Okay, so I'm finally going to get a laptop for university. I'll be doing the usual multitasking (browsing, word-processing, IM), some graphics-editing, and maybe some high-end gaming. From the beginning I had my mind set on a MacBook Pro, and I was hoping that this would be my opportunity for the big switch from a PC to a Mac. But now I'm having 2nd thoughts. I have a pretty low budget, so I can only afford, at most, the base model MacBook Pro 13". So that's what I had in mind (well actually I wanted the 15" i5 Core, but it's too expensive). So I think I'll have to settle with the 13". But I have some doubts. The major one is that I can get way better specs on a PC laptop, namely this HP Pavilion DV6-2154C). It has an i5 Core clocked at 2.53Ghz (which is really good; much faster than the MacBook Pro's) and 1GB of discrete graphics, two factors which really buy me over. Plus it's much cheaper! Secondly is the fact that I'll have to adapt to a 13" screen is I go with Mac. I'm accustomed to a 23" HD widescreen monitor at home, so switching will have a bit of a learning curve. On the other side: the Mac's aesthetics are much better, it's much more portable for carrying around campus, has a much longer battery life (I'm lucky to get 5 hours on the HP), using the trackpad is easier and quicker, and the OSX experience is much, much better. I don't want to stick with Windows. Here are the specifications of the two laptops for quick viewing: MacBook Pro 13" Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM 250GB SATA Drive @ 5400 rpm SD card slot Built-in battery (10 hours) NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display with 1280 x 800 native resolution Weighs 2.04 kg Costs $1,149.00 plus taxes (after Education discount); or $1,249.00 plus taxes with free 'Office for Mac 2008'. HP Pavilion DV6-2154CA Intel Core i5 430M 2.53Ghz 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 640GB SATA Drive @ 5400 rpm SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro and xD card slots Nvidia GeForce GT 230M with 1GB of dedicated graphics; Up to 2815MB Total Graphics Memory 15.6" screen with 1366 x 768 native resolution Weighs 2.88 kg Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Costs $999.96. As you see, you obviously get more for the money with HP (hardware-wise), but I'm not sure if the Mac-OSX experience is worth it. There are pros and cons on each side, which make it a very difficult decision for me. Can you guys make it a easier decision by explaining which might end up being a better choice? Was your switch to a low-end, 13" Mac worth the trade-off (not as 'high-specced 'hardware)? Help! EDIT: Oh, and also I have a LOT of Mac apps that I got for free from the MacHeist Nano Bundle. Over $80 worth of apps.